SSK - Slip Slip Knit (Decrease)

SSK - Slip Slip Knit (Decrease)

A commonly used stitch, the SSK is a left leaning decrease often paired with K2TOG.  There are 2 way to work the SSK so take a look below and try the one that works best for you.

Here's how you do it :

Method 1:

  1. Work up to the point of the decrease.  If working this at the edge of the project, it's best to work a couple of extra stitches before the decrease.


  2. Insert the right needle into the first stitch a though to knit.


  3. Slip the stitch off the needle.


  4. Insert into the next stitch as though to purl.


  5. Slip this off the needle.


  6. Now insert the left needle into the front of the two stitches that were slipped. (Use your finger to hold the stitches to make this easier.)


  7. Wrap the yarn around the needle anticlockwise (as though knitting through the back loop).


  8. Bring the needle tip forward to bring the yarn through the stitches.

  9. Slide the slipped stitches off the needle.

  10. Decrease complete!

Method 2:

  1. Insert the right needle into the first stitch a though to knit.


  2. Pass this back onto the left needle without twisting.


  3. Insert the right needle into the back of the next 2 stitches (i.e. knitting 2 stitches together through the back loop).


  4. Wrap yarn around the needle anticlockwise.


  5. Bring the needle tip forward to bring the yarn through the stitches and slide the 2 stitches off the needle.

  6. Decrease complete!
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